Columbia University Press

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Columbia University Press, founded in 1893, is one of the oldest and largest American university presses. We seek to disseminate important ideas through the publication of outstanding original trade and scholarly works by intellectuals that contribute to the understanding of global human concerns. Throughout its history, one of the strengths of the Press has been the diversity of its list. The Press currently publishes approximately 200 new titles every year in a variety of fields including: history, politics, current affairs, culinary literature, science, film studies, literary studies, literature in translation, philosophy, social science, business, and economics. Widely reviewed and the recipients of numerous awards, Columbia University Press titles are sold around the world.

Through our Sales Consortium we proudly provide sales representation for a number of other university presses, several of which have taken their own virtual booths for the New Voices New Rooms conference.

Columbia University Press is pleased to offer a 50% special discount on independent retailer, gift, and museum accounts’ orders of 10+ books placed with your sales representative by November 30, 2020. Please contact your sales representative for the details and restrictions and to learn about the many specials offered by the presses in our Sales Consortium.


Southeast Sales Representative
Catherine Hobbs

Northeast Sales Representative
Conor Broughan

Featured Titles from Columbia University Press

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The Terroir of Whiskey : A Distiller’s Journey Into the Flavor of Place

By Rob Arnold
9780231194587 Hardcover $27.95
November 2020

The master distiller Rob Arnold reveals how innovative whiskey producers are recapturing a sense of place to create distinctive, nuanced flavors. He takes readers on a world tour of whiskey and the science of flavor, stopping along the way at distilleries in Kentucky, New York, Texas, Ireland, and Scotland.

Rethinking Readiness : A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters

By Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, Irwin Redlener (foreword by)
9780231190411 Trade Paperback $20.00
May 2020

Rethinking Readiness offers a timely expert introduction to human-made threats and vulnerabilities, with a focus on opportunities to reimagine how we approach disaster preparedness. Jeff Schlegelmilch identifies and explores the most critical threats facing the world today.

Little Lindy Is Kidnapped

By Thomas Doherty
9780231198486 Hardcover $27.95
November 2020

An engrossing account of an endlessly fascinating case, Little Lindy Is Kidnapped sheds new light on an enduring quality of journalism ever since: the media’s eye on a crucial part of the story—itself.

A Visit from the Goon Squad Reread

By Ivan Kreilkamp
9780231187114 Trade Paperback $20
February 2021

Kreilkamp, a former music critic, examines how Egan’s characters turn to rock and especially punk in search of community and meaning. Arranged like Egan’s novel into A and B sides, this book highlights not only how A Visit from the Goon Squad speaks to our mass-media and digital present but also its page-turning pleasure.

Downsizing : Confronting Our Possessions in Later Life

By David Ekerdt
9780231189811 Trade Paperback $26.00
June 2020

As life unfolds, things tend to accumulate. When older adults undergo health, residential, and marital changes, they will face a reckoning with their lifelong store of possessions—special, ordinary, and forgotten. Despite what a thriving industry of clutter manuals tells us, for most older adults, downsizing is no simple task.

What Would Nature Do? : A Guide for Our Uncertain Times

By Ruth DeFries
9780231199421 Hardcover $26.95
December 2020

Certainty about the course of civilization has given way to fear and doubt. Raging fires, ravaging storms, political upheavals, financial collapse, and deadly pandemics lie ahead—or are already here.  Exploring the lessons that life on Earth can teach us about coping with complexity, What Would Nature Do? offers timely options for civilization to reorganize for a safe and prosperous future.

The Best American Magazine Writing 2020

By Sid Holt
9780231198011 Trade Paperback $19.95
December 2020

The Best American Magazine Writing 2020 brings together outstanding in-depth reporting and incisive criticism. It features extraordinary globe-spanning journalism and showcases the work of remarkable stylists.

The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries : The Evidence and the People Who Found It

By Donald R. Prothero
9780231190367 Hardcover $35.00
December 2020

In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores the most fascinating breakthroughs in piecing together the evidence for evolution. In twenty-five vignettes, he recounts the dramatic stories of the people who made crucial discoveries, placing each moment in the context of what it represented for the progress of science.

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